Bad Air: What to Do?

, Posted: Thu, August 16 2012 at 9:57 AM, Updated: Thu, August 16 2012 at 12:18 PM

Bad Air: What to Do?

Ash from nearby fires just keeps coming.

Health officials say there are a number of ways to deal with the smoke.

Number one: stay indoors.

If your air conditioner draws from outside, you should go somewhere with central cooling.

If you are required to be outdoors, officials tell us face masks really don't provide enough filtration ---  but there are other options.

"Nasal steroids, or even Zyrtec, which you can get over the counter may help if you have any symptoms from the smoke as opposed to from a virus," says Julian Bell, the Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit at Providence Medical Hospital.

Also, drink plenty of fluids and limit your outdoor exercise.

You can check current air quality conditions by following the links:

Southern Oregon:
http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/wildfire/index.htm

Northern California:
http://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_state&stateid=5

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